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2. Living in South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire is a mix of long-established urban communities, market towns, small villages and substantial new development. Characterised by very differing communities with individual needs and aspirations, the diversity of its landscapes and neighbourhoods contribute to a high quality of life.

South Gloucestershire’s location and its proximity to the city of Bristol present a number of cross boundary opportunities and challenges which are dealt with by working in partnership with the neighbouring authorities of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset.

South Gloucestershire has been one of the fastest growing areas in the country.

  • 62% of the population lives in built up areas adjoining Bristol
  • 18% live in the towns of Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury and Yate
  • 20% live in more rural areas

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The area is served by Avon and Somerset Police Constabulary and a Police and Crime Commissioner.

Services are provided by South Gloucestershire Council unitary authority.

Health services are commissioned by South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England and are provided by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust, North Bristol Trust, Sirona Care and Health, Primary Care and other commissioned providers.

There are three custodial establishments in the area, Ashfield and Leyhill prisons for men and Eastwood Park prison for women.

Probation and Rehabilitation Services are provided by the National Probation Service and Bristol Gloucestershire Somerset and Wiltshire (BGSW) Community Rehabilitation Company.

Care in South Gloucestershire

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Increasingly people are being supported at home for longer periods. In general homes for people with learning difficulties/disabilities tend to be far smaller than homes for older people.

South Gloucestershire resident population by age: Census 2011

The growth in older people in South Gloucestershire is above the national average. From a safeguarding perspective a proportion of older people will be perceived as at risk as a result of ill health or disability.

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South Gloucestershire Population Ethnic Groups (all ages): Census 2011

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